Osun Perm Sec’s killing painful, shocking – Speaker

Outraged by the abduction and killing of Mrs Kemi Kolawole, a Permanent Secretary in Osun, the Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Mr Najeem Salaam, has called on the Federal authorities to provide adequate security on the nation’s highways particularly the Okene-Lokoja-Abuja Expressway.

He spoke against the backdrop of the killing of Kolawole and her driver, on Okene-Abuja highway by some suspected kidnappers.

“It is painful and shocking,” the speaker said in a statement on Saturday in Osogbo signed by Mr Goke Butika, the Chief Press Secretary.

Salaam decried the spate of killings and insecurity particularly on Okene-Abuja road and urged Kogi and the Federal Government to take urgent steps to find the killers of the permanent secretary and her driver.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Kolawole was the Permanent Secretary, Bureau of General Services, Osun Governor’s Office.

The permanent secretary was travelling to Abuja from Osogbo on an official assignment on Thursday when the hoodlums kidnapped and killed her and dumped her body at the roadside.

The deceased was scheduled to attend the inauguration of Justice Abiola Adewemimo as one of the judges of the Industrial Court.

“ I condole with the families of the deceased and pray that God will grant them rest; I also comfort their loved ones, relations and dependants.’’

The Osun Head of Service, Mr Sunday Owoeye, has also described the deaths as a rude shock.

Also, the Forum of Permanent Secretaries in the state commiserated with the families of the deceased, the state public service and the Osun Government on the loss.


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